The DGA gave Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) “another $1 million last month, spokespeople for Northam and the DGA said Monday.” (National Journal)
California billionaire Tom Steyer’s super PAC, NextGen America, “is giving $1 million to immigrant advocates in Virginia to mobilize voters in November’s state elections. … The $1 million will help advocates turn out the vote in immigrant communities through mailers, door-knocking and social media campaigns that will target Fairfax and Prince William counties, focusing on the races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.” (Washington Post)
Anti-abortion rights group Susan B. Anthony List “is planning to run digital advertisements on behalf of Gillespie later this year.”
“But Democrats say that supporting abortion rights is a winning stance for them in Virginia. … Geoffrey Garin, a pollster for the Northam campaign, said his initial surveys showed Gillespie’s comment during a primary debate that he would ‘like to see abortion be banned’ drew some of the sharpest reaction from voters in the heavily populated areas of Northern Virginia, Richmond and Hampton Roads.”
“Asked about Gillespie’s views on abortion, his spokesman … responds that Northam’s views ‘are outside the mainstream’ and that the lieutenant governor supports late-term abortions — which are illegal in Virginia and opposed by most voters. Northam has said that the timing of abortions should be determined by a woman and her doctor, but he does not want to change the state law that limits late-term abortions.” (Washington Post)
The RGA-funded A Stronger Virginia PAC last week reported spending $5,000 on digital ads opposing Northam. (Virginia Public Access Project)
COMPARED TO TRUMP, AT LEAST. Post editorial board: “An encouraging aspect of Virginia’s gubernatorial election this fall is the civility of the two candidates, Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam. So far, at least, in pinch-me-I-may-be-dreaming contrast to so many recent state and congressional campaigns around the country, the race, featuring a pair of understated moderates, has been partisan but not personal, and determinedly non-incendiary.” (Washington Post)
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"The Justice Department on Friday charged a Russian woman for her alleged role in a conspiracy to interfere with the 2018 U.S. election, marking the first criminal case prosecutors have brought against a foreign national for interfering in the upcoming midterms. Elena Khusyaynova, 44, was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Prosecutors said she managed the finances of 'Project Lakhta,' a foreign influence operation they said was designed 'to sow discord in the U.S. political system' by pushing arguments and misinformation online about a host of divisive political issues, including immigration, the Confederate flag, gun control and the National Football League national-anthem protests."
The United States and South Korea have suspended "another major joint military exercise to give the diplomatic process with North Korea 'every opportunity to continue.'" Exercise Vigilant Ace, which last year "involved 12,000 US troops and some 230 military aircraft from the US and South Korea," was due to take place in December. Trump has canceled other operations in the past, which Gen. Robert Abrams said "had resulted in a 'slight degradation' to the readiness of US and Korean troops," but were a "prudent risk" to improve improve relations with Pyongyang.
"Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has decided to take part in an anti-terror finance meeting with Saudi security officials and their Middle Eastern counterparts in Riyadh later this month, opting to attend despite growing global outrage over the suspected murder of a U.S.-based journalist at the hands of Saudi operatives, according to three people familiar with his travel plans. The security gathering next week is separate from a Riyadh financial summit that Mnuchin announced on Thursday he would not attend."
"Steve Penny, the former president and CEO of USA Gymnastics, has been indicted on a felony count of tampering with evidence" in the sexual assault case against disgraced USA gymnastics physician Larry Nassar. Nassar was found guilty in January of sexually abusing dozens of young gymnasts, and was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. Penny, who was arrested on Wednesday in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, "is accused of ordering the removal of documents from the Karolyi Ranch in Texas," where much of Nassar's abuse occurred.
Defense attorneys involved in the Mueller probe say the public "shouldn’t expect a comprehensive and presidency-wrecking account of Kremlin meddling and alleged obstruction of justice by Trump — not to mention an explanation of the myriad subplots that have bedeviled lawmakers, journalists and amateur Mueller sleuths. ... Perhaps most unsatisfying: Mueller’s findings may never even see the light of day."